EPL Season Preview: Burnley

Sean DycheCoach: Sean Dyche

2015/16 Finish: 1. Championship

2016/17 Preseason Ranking: 20

Sportify Rating: 1449

2015/16 Wagebill: £29M

Stadium Capacity: 22,546 at Turf Moor

Departures: Joey Barton (Rangers); Luke Conlan (Morecambe); Michael Duff (retired); Lloyd Dyer (released); Matt Gilks (Rangers); Steven Hewitt (Accrington); Danijel Nizic (released); Matt Taylor (released)

Arrivals: Robbie Leitch (Motherwell); Jamie Thomas (Bolton)

The good: Scoring

At least in the Championship, scoring was a strength. The Clarets scored 72 goals in the Championship last year (T-1st), with 23 from Andre Gray who led the league with 25 goals (two of those goals where for Brentford before his early season transfer to Burnley) and 15 goals from Welsh target man Sam Vokes. How those stats will translate to the top division remains to be seen. After scoring 20 goals in 2013-14, Burnley’s last promotional campaign, Vokes failed to get on the scoresheet in 15 games the following EPL season.

The bad: Lack of experience

All in, Burnley had only 30 Premier League goals among the current members of the squad, a squad mostly made up of players without much top flight experience. Of the core 13 players who started at least 20 games last season, only Matthew Lowton, David Jones, George Boyd, Steven Ward and Joey Barton (no longer with the team) have more than a couple games of top flight experience outside of Burnley’s relegation season two years ago. Johann Berg Gudmondsson could be an important addition on the back of a strong Euro campaign where he started all five games for Iceland.